The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday said it would be forced to postpone the remaining 20 matches of the 2021 Pakistan Super League (PSL 2021) if it doesn’t get the required approvals from the relevant authorities in the UAE till Thursday.
The announcement came after a discussion between and PCB and the six franchise owner on Wednesday. The remaining 20 matches of PSL 2021 are scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates from 1-20 June.
The meeting was called after Abu Dhabi Government reportedly denied permission to those who are not vaccinated. Though PCB have vaccinated players and staff in Pakistan, the roadblock is regarding the vaccination of the foreign players and crew members.
After the meeting, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said, “In today’s online discussion, we updated the team owners that the PCB had been advised that the PSL had received approvals from the relevant authorities in the UAE. However, some clarifications on certain exemption requests are still awaited, which are expected at some stage on Thursday.”
“The team owners agreed that if we do not receive clarity by Thursday afternoon, then they’ll have no other option but to request postponement of the remaining 20 matches,” he added.
“In the meantime, we will continue to liaise with the UAE government and the Emirates Cricket Board as they are equally keen for the event to be held in the UAE,” he concluded.